Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Artist Market

Thank you to all who came out to the Kaleidoscope show in Corning. Wonderful art, music, food, and company. This is a picture of my contribution.

Also a big thank you to everyone who visited the Keuka Arts Festival. It was my first outdoor art festival, and quite an experience. I enjoyed meeting all the people and getting the feedback. The weather was beautiful, although I can't imagine doing this in bad weather! 

I have been trying to get out and do some plein air painting. It is a matter of setting time aside for it, otherwise other things get in the way. This was one very early morning;

There really is nothing like being out there, spending time soaking up the surroundings! 

I'm getting ready for my next event, which is coming up quickly; the Ithaca Artist Market. This is July 19, noon to 8PM at the Farmers Market. It is a wonderful setting, covered, next to the water. 75 artists have been juried in, and there is food and music. So I hope you can come out there!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Upcoming shows

I see I have been neglecting this blog for a while, I have been busy painting however! 
We were in St Martin for 2 weeks and I did a bunch of sketching and a few oil paintings while there. 
I sat on the beach while painting this. The resort by this beach, Orient Beach is still completely destroyed after hurricane Irma. So as long as you don't look behind you the place looks very idyllic.
(I added these paintings to my gallery, you can check them out here).

I have also been busy painting tropical fish. One of these painting will be in the Annual Spring Show "Blue" at the Trumansburg Conservatory. The opening reception is Saturday June 8, 7-9PM.

Another event I will be part of is the Keuka Arts Festival on June 8 and 9. This is a fine art and skilled craft show held annually along the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail in Penn Yan.The event is fee, and will feature live entertainment, food , and activities for families. This will be my first outdoor festival. I got the tent, and I am sorting through paintings and framing. It is quite a project to figure out what to take!

Then on June 15 is the yearly fundraiser for 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning. Kaleidoscope. For the past 2 years artists did 50 paintings each. The set up is different this year, and there where choices of sizes. However fun and challenging it was, I don't know if I would do 50 again! I choose to do 4 panels of 12'x12" each, with coral and tropical fish. Here is nformation about the event.
A little sneak preview of details of the panels;

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Animal portraits

A couple of years ago I bought a pile of little 4"x4" canvasses. What was I thinking? I painted a couple of them, but then they just sat in the closet. I am a bit of a junky in collecting art supplies, and really have to downsize. So I made it a goal to use up the canvasses and panels I have before buying more stuff. I finished a couple of 18"x24" sky paintings a few weeks ago, so then it was time to tackle the mini canvasses. I've been wanting to do portraits of our dogs, so I started painting them. From there I went to my son's dogs and cat. Now I am getting requests of people to paint their dogs, and I am looking forward to doing those. 

 This is our beagle, Bitz, a timid old girl. She loves to escape into the woods, specially at night, where we have to chase her and catch her. What an escape artist!
 This is Kibbels, or rather was. She is running around in sunny fields in the sky. 
This is Muddles, our lab mix girl. She is getting a little grey around the muzzle, but acts like she is still a little puppy. After a speedy run outside she just needs a quick nap before she runs again. This look on her face is the bliss-look of being pet, something else she can never get enough of.

 This is Cali, who really thinks she is a big dog ruling them all. She is also super sweet and a snuggle bug.

 Cosmos the cat, soft and cuddly, and plays like a dog.

This is Broc, short for Broccoli. He is always ready to play, and if you throw a ball, you'll be friends forever. He is like a big bear puppy!

So there is our extended family. I'm looking forward to painting more pups!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Some outdoor painting

I guess I am a fair weather plein air painter. The minus and one digit temperatures we have been having have kept me from outdoor painting. Not that I haven't been busy. I completed several pieces this past month. But today I was reminded how much I love to be outdoors with my gear. First thing this morning I headed out into the woods. This is not far away, just the backyard. When I started it was cloudy, but then the sun came out. Glorious!

It's funny how you notice things change when you are in the same spot for a few hours. Beside the light changing from cloudy to sunny, the water changed from a dark blueish tint to more brown as it got warmer and snow melted. My composition started when it was cloudy, otherwise I might have done it different and included sky. As I was painting, a couple of deer came by, cool. It was nice to be out next to the water with the sun warming my back!

 I decided to take full advantage of the nice day and do another painting. This spot is right next to our house.  I liked the contrast of the snow and the spots where it has melted. I tried painting on a canvas sheet. I found it a bit rough, too hard to cover all the white.

Maybe these two paintings will find their way into a larger and more finished piece.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

My new toy!

When my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas I said "A wood burning kit." His response: "You don't need another hobby." Well, maybe not, but why ask what I want then? So I did not expect to get one. The first present I opened where pieces of wood. I thought they were coasters. Ok, eh, thanks. Later I unwrapped the wood burning kit, aha! So I've been playing with this new toy, trying out the different attachments and just testing a little of what you can do with it. I literally burned through the pieces of wood I got very quickly. Just playing, freehand, drawing from a couple of photos. I like the sketchy look. I also tried to incorporate the imperfections in the wood in a couple of them. Now to find some more wood to practice on!

 I added the name to hide a burn accident :)